"Obviously Kentucky was the very best in our league this year, but you never know. That is why they play the game, but certainly Kentucky would have to be considered the favorite," said Stallings.
Kentucky is 29-2 after going 14-2 in league play with two wins over Vanderbilt, the league team with the second best record. The Cats are also ranked No. 2 in this week's Associated Press poll.
"I think obviously they are the team that over a period of conference season has got the best record and earned a No. 1 seed," South Carolina coach Darrin Horn said. "At the same time it is tournament time and anything can happen in these situations.
"You will see a lot of Kentucky fans. I know Vandy has played in that building earlier this year and obviously they are in their home town. But the crowd advantage will just depend on who is there."
Stallings said the Commodores have not fared well when the tourney was in Nashville two other times.
"We have managed to win one game combined in two years," Stallings said. "I feel like our team is a little better, but we'll have to see. I am glad not to have to leave town and sleep in my own bed. I am not sure it helps my team, but I like it."
What could help Kentucky is for Darius Miller and Darnell Dodson to make shots like they have in the last two wins over Georgia and Florida. LSU coach Trent Johnson thinks Kentucky is good when anyone is making shots.
"I think they are much, much better when anybody is knocking down open shots. They all have a role when they come off the bench," Johnson said.
Johnson says while junior Patrick Patterson and four freshmen might be considered the nucleus of the team, UK has an edge with an experienced bench that has former starters Ramon Harris and Perry Stevenson along with sophomore DeAndre Liggins.
"They have the nucleus of a team that won 20 games last year on the bench. That means they are competitive and can push guys in practice," Johnson said. "Miller is a big key to what is going to happen. Obviously, he has played at a high level recently and they have played at a high level pretty much all year."
Kentucky will open SEC Tournament play against either South Carolina or Alabama at 1 p.m. Friday.
"We have two teams that just won their last game and we are going to play one that will come to us with a two-game win streak and ready (after already playing a tournament game)," Calipari said.